I Had a C*V*D Baby
CW: pregnancy, childbirth, new baby, pandemic
I am even more motivated now to do what I can within my naturopathic abilities (and our clinic's acupuncture and laser sessions) to help you optimize your fertility, whether TTC naturally or through IVF. I will have more blog posts specifically for those of you TTC (and I have lots posted on our site for you to read) during the coming weeks and months. I see a diverse group of patients at Acubalance: fertility, IVF, general gynecology, digestive and autoimmune health issues, migraines, anxiety, menopause, and pregnancy & postpartum to name a few. This blog is specific to those who are pregnant now or gave birth during the 2020/2021 pandemic.
Well, hello again my friends! It’s been months since I last wrote a blog, and it’s also been quite a while since I’ve seen your sweet faces (albeit masked) around the clinic. I miss you all dearly! I am excited to share that I am back starting September.
For those who haven’t heard the news, I had a baby this year! And I’ve been off learning how to be a mother and basking in the first months of my sweet baby’s life since January 2021. Becoming a Mum is everything I imagined it would be and more - in both fantastically wonderful and extremely challenging ways. I wouldn’t change my journey for the world, even though things have not necessarily be ideal. I really thought I’d be able to connect more with this community but have also really enjoyed adjusting to new motherhood slowly and taking the space my family needed. This year has truly given me a new appreciation for parenthood. I’d love to tell you all about my pregnancy, delivery, and new Mum lessons, but maybe in another blog!
This is the one about having a baby during a global pandemic.
Ooh, boy. Mamas who have done this with me this year (or last!) - I see you. What a strange, strange time to grow and welcome a new human into the world. If you brought a babe into this world, or are raising littles through this, you’re a superhero and I am so proud of you.
For everyone, pregnancy is a life-changing experience. The physical and emotional changes we undergo are substantial, literally growing a new organ and a new life from nothing, and the colossal shifts that happen after babe arrives will always be a beautiful challenge. But for those of us who did it during a global pandemic, there’s been an added layer of unusual.
So many times throughout this journey I’ve wondered if what I experienced would have been the same if it weren’t for the-virus-that-can’t-be-named.
Challenges abound. I went solo to every ultrasound and didn’t get to hear my baby’s heartbeat until over half-way through, had most midwifery visits over the phone, did the first stages of labour in a mask with a care provider who didn’t really know me, and waited 7 months (or still waiting!) for grandmothers and aunties and uncles to get to meet our precious little one. I had serious anxiety when it came to being in public spaces, especially once babe was here - so teeny and vulnerable. I didn't leave my house for over 6 weeks.
That said, I am here on the other side simply in awe of the graciousness of my fellow humans. Sure it was a strange time for us, but my personal experience this year has been predominantly positive. No one but my husband and my midwives touched my growing belly. My patients, many of them aching for their own belly, showed me nothing but loving support. Nobody has stuck their head in the stroller to get a closer peek. Everyone gives us 2 meters when they pass us on a walk. All of our midwives, our doula, and all hospital staff were regularly tested for the virus and wore N95 masks whenever they were around us - for shifts that lasted 12 hours or more. Even grocery store clerks, bank employees, and my chiropractor took extra precautions around me and my babe. I could cry just thinking about how the world came together to protect those of us who were the most vulnerable (and not just because I’m hella emotional because I have literally zero hormones and my hair is all falling out).
Sure, there were some tough and scary things we did. But like I said to my husband in the first few days of new parenthood - we can do hard things in this family, and we’re doing them (thanks to Glennon Doyle for this borrowed sentiment).
This has truly been the most beautiful experience of my life, and I’m so incredibly grateful for everyone in our community for keeping us safe. Personally, I would have a C*V*D baby again in a millisecond.
I know not everyone’s experience with pregnancy and parenthood during the pandemic has been so overwhelmingly positive. For others, it has been devastating, and my heart aches for them. I’m simply sharing my story to help those who have been scared to take the plunge. I’m here letting you know: you can do hard things too.
If you’re considering becoming a parent I would be honored to support you. I have always loved supporting people at any stage of their fertility journey, and this year has only deepened my passion.
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I’m so happy to announce that I’m returning to the clinic in September 2021. I’ll be around again working with patients for clinical consults, telehealth visits, and IV therapy starting on Fridays and building from there. I have missed you all so much and can’t wait to connect again! I am even more motivated to help those wanting to have a baby (or another) to get to their peak fertility potential. I am ready and looking forward to supporting you and helping you optimize your fertility.
If you’re interested in booking an appointment to work together: click here to book online, or call our patient coordinators (Tanya, Siobhan, and clinic manager Lorianne) at 604-678-8600.
I can’t wait to see you again soon.